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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO3715 Nationalism and Internationalism in the Spanish-Speaking World

20 creditsClass Size: 32

Module manager: Professor Richard Cleminson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Completion of either SPPO2010, SPPO2011, SPPO2220 or SPPO2221


SPPO2010Practical Lang Skill Spanish 2
SPPO2011Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 2
SPPO2220Spanish Language Skills B1/B2
SPPO2221Practical Skills in Spanish B1/B2

Module replaces

SPPO3710: Nationalism and National Identity in Spain

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module analyses both the construction of national identities and the elaboration of transnational solidarities across the Hispanic world. At the same time, it analyses both nationalist and internationalist ideologies in a Hispanic context. Topics might include the American revolutions against Spanish colonial rule and the construction or independent Latin American states; transnational linkages between Spanish and Latin American liberal intellectuals during the nineteenth century; nineteenth century and early twentieth century Spanish nation-building; nationalisms against the Spanish state (Cuba, Catalonia and the Basque Country); and internationalist ideology, transnational linkages, and the anarchist movement in the Spain, Portugal and Latin America.


This module will analyse both the construction of national identities and the elaboration of both nationalist and internationalist ideologies across the Spanish-speaking world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
1. Understand the theoretical underpinnings of analyses of the construction of national and transnational identities.
2. Possess a wide-ranging knowledge of the ways in which national identities were constructed across the Spanish-speaking world from the nineteenth century.
3. Possess an understanding of competing nationalist discourses and their linkages with both liberal and authoritarian ideologies.
4. Possess an understanding of internationalist discourses and their linkages with liberal and left-wing ideologies.
5. Possess an understanding of the linkages between national and ethnic identities and between nationalist ideology and the construction of identities based on biological race.
6. Be able to present independent critical thought, a knowledge of recent academic research, and the analytical skills necessary for sustained debate as regards the above questions for assessment in written and spoken form.


The syllabus will cover a variety of examples of issues from across the Spanish-speaking world, and deal with topics such as:
• The Latin American independence movements and the construction of the new Latin American nations
• Transnational ideological and cultural linkages between Spain and Latin America
• Spanish nation building in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
• Nationalisms against the Spanish state (Cuba, Catalonia and the Basque Country)
• Anarchism and internationalism across the Spanish-speaking world
• Ethnicity, race and the nation
• Internationalism and humanism

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be expected to prepare for each lecture and seminar by undertaking private study of set texts and appropriate secondary material. More in-depth reading and other forms of preparation will be necessary for the assessment tasks.
Reading lectures = 20 hours
Reading seminars = 20 hours
Essay preparation/writing = 100 hours
Verbal presentation = 40 hours
Total: 180 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored through a presentation. The students will discuss their presentation with the tutor on average two weeks before their presentation. They will then receive in-class formative feedback on their seminar participation.
Students will be strongly advised to see their tutor to discuss their essay well before the hand-in date. Minerva will also include a powerpoint titled “How to write a good history and politics essay”. Students will also be encouraged to discuss their mark and the comments received with their tutor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation300070.00
Presentation20-25 Minutes30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will be expected to deliver a 20-25 minute presentation in pairs each over the course of the module. In the essay, students will explore a topic of their choosing related to the topics considered in class.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:46:54


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